The View From Unretirement: Is it bad to be old? Ageism is everywhere. How to fight back.

by | Oct 25, 2023 | Stock Market

When I unretired from my full-time job as an editor in 2022, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I hadn’t counted on ageism. Turns out, ageism is all around us — in the media, at the doctor’s office, in the anti-aging products in drugstore aisles and in our daily conversations.  

As William Kole notes in his new book, “The Big 100: The New World of Super-Aging,” University of Michigan researchers found that among people they surveyed, eight in 10 respondents ages 50 to 60 said they’d encountered one or more forms of everyday ageism. I heard a lot about the scourge of ageism at a recent symposium at which I was a speaker. The event — Dismantling Ageism: How Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination Based on Age Affect Us All — was held a day after Ageism Awareness Day, which falls on Oct​. 7.Ageism ​is ​invisible and ​taught ​“Ageism is really invisible​,” ​the symposium’s keynote speaker, ​Tracey Gendron​, said. Gendron is the chair of the department of ​gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University​. ​”Ageism is not innate. It is taught.” ​It also makes people ​feel invisible — along with depressed, disrespected, devalued, marginalized and overlooked​, said Kris Geerken, co-director of the …

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